Our August 2022 Programme

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We are delighted to announce our August 2022 programme, including the return of our popular Pay What You Decide screenings, a special visit from Alan Cumming, and a chance for Glasgow film fans to see three premieres from the Edinburgh International Film Festival programme.

We launched the Pay What You Decide initiative in 2019, with support from the National Lottery and BFI, in order to encourage our customers to take a chance on new indie films. After watching the films, you can decide how much you would like to pay. Following a hiatus due to the pandemic, Pay What You Decide screenings will resume at GFT on a fortnightly basis from August. The initial screenings will be Iranian director Panah Panahi’s debut film Hit the Road, which was awarded Best Film at BFI London Film Festival in 2021, and feel-good documentary Blind Ambition, which is billed as the Cool Runnings of the wine world.

GFT is known for its focus on connecting film fans with filmmakers, regularly hosting Q&As with high profile guests. In August, we will welcome actor Alan Cumming and director Jono McLeod for an in-person Q&A at our preview screening of their latest film, My Old School, which tells the outrageous true story of Scotland’s Great Pretender, Brandon Lee, who posed as a teenage schoolboy at Bearsden Academy when he was 30-years-old.

August’s Cinemasters season will be devoted to the work of Satyajit Ray, who is widely considered to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. We will screen Ray’s monumental Apu Trilogy in 4K, along with The Big City and Ray’s favourite of his own films, The Lonely Wife.

For the second year running, Edinburgh International Film Festival will bring a selection of its premiere screenings to GFT. Glasgow film fans will have the chance to see three documentaries: The Ballad of a Great Disordered Heart, Off the Rails and Home. Tickets for EIFF screenings at GFT will go on sale on Friday 22 July at 10am.

We will also play host to the When Europe Made Hollywood season from Cinema Rediscovered on Tour – an exploration of how European filmmakers shaped American popular film. The season will delve into some of the European influences which shaped Hollywood, from directors such as FW Murnau (German) and Michael Curtiz (Hungarian) and actresses Marlene Dietrich (German) and Greta Garbo (Swedish) who were courted by the American studios because of their success in 1920s Europe, through to those forced into exile to escape the rise of fascism in the 1930s, like directors Billy Wilder (Austrian) and Fritz Lang (German). The season will include screenings of Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, Shanghai Express in 4K, Queen Christina in 35mm, Fury in 35mm, Casablanca, Double Indemnity and The Killers, ending with the 4K restoration of High Noon on its 70th anniversary. The screening of Sunrise will be introduced by Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Rediscovered Founder and curator of the When Europe Made Hollywood season.

Special screenings in August will include Wim Wenders’ beloved Paris, Texas, accompanied by a new recorded interview with Wenders; a double bill of Top Gun on 4K and the brand new sequel Top Gun: Maverick; and 50th Anniversary screenings of Perry Henzell’s The Harder They Come. Anime fans will have the chance to see the heart-warming comedy-drama Fortune Favours Lady Nikuko from acclaimed director Ayumu Watanabe (Children of the Sea) and STUDIO4°C, preceded by a special preview of an eye-catching short series from Ushio Tazawa (Your Name), the charming Deiji Meets Girl.

To celebrate the release of feel-good wine tasting documentary Blind Ambition, we are partnering with Locavore to provide a wine tasting event on Friday 12 August, followed by a special screening of the film with a recorded Q&A. August’s Late Night screening will be Oldboy in 4K, a modern classic of the revenge genre, screening ahead of the release of Park Chan-wook’s latest film Decision to Leave, coming to GFT in October. And our Scorsese of the Month programme will continue with Casino in August, followed by The Age of Innocence in September.

New releases showing on our big screens in August will include Hit the Road, Blind Ambition, Where the Crawdads Sing, Fire of Love, Joyride, Notre Dame on Fire, Nightclubbing: The Birth of Punk Rock in NYC, Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War, Nope*, Eiffel, Where is Anne Frank?, My Old School, Girls Can’t Surf and The Feast.

Tickets for GFT’s August 2022 Programme are on sale now from glasgowfilm.org.

*Tickets for Nope go on sale on 5 August.

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